What A-levels do you need to study law?
Budding barrister or solicitor? See if A-level law is a must-have to study it at degree level, examples of law degree entry requirements universities ask for and more...
- Essential A-levels for law
- Useful or handy A-levels for law
- Other typical A-levels taken by law students
- Examples of university entry requirements for law
- Other degree subjects with similar A-level requirements
A-level subjects for law
What A-level subjects are needed or essential for law?None! While law is a subject available at A-level, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that you don’t have to have taken it in order to progress onto a law degree later – this is normally open to you with any A-levels.
This is good news if you’re not 100% certain that law is the degree path you want to pursue (or if you change your mind by the time you apply to university); you can keep your A-level choices open, rather than restrict them in order to meet any law course entry requirements. Learn more about what universities think of A-level law.
That said, certain A-level choices will help prepare you for law at degree level, and may give you an edge over other applicants in this competitive subject area.
I think English and history probably help in the sense that they refine your essay writing skills. My essay writing skills needed work when I got to university, but I caught up in the end!
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Alternatively, what A-level subjects are useful for law?
- critical thinking may help with the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) – but to keep your options open, the subject is better done as a fifth AS-level.
- essay-based subjects such as history or English will set you in good stead for law at degree level.
- many law students take at least one 'facilitating' subject such as a foreign language, maths, science, English, history or geography, which are deemed as good choices for students who want to keep their degree options flexible.
Other typical A-levels taken by current law students
Examples of law degree requirementsBelow are a range of Bachelor of Law (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 15 January 2018):
University of Edinburgh: ‘A*AA-ABB. Minimum entry requirement is ABB including English Literature or English Language. [Must include] mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4. English Language and English Literature GCSE both at Grade A or 7 are accepted in place of A Level English.’
University of Oxford: ‘AAA including a C (or 4/5) in GCSE maths or equivalent, and not A-level General Studies.’
Aston University: ‘AAB-ABB including five GCSE grades A*-C including GCSE maths grade C (or 4/5) and GCSE English grade B (or 5). Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the Ucas points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.’
Glasgow Caledonian University: ‘BBB including English/Law at B and GCSE Maths C/4.’
As well as satisfying any qualification and grade requirements, you’ll need to write a strong personal statement to stand out and possibly sit an entry test.
Other degree subjects with similar A-level requirements...
Not so sure that you want to study law at university? These degree subjects have similar A-level subject requirements:
Search for a degree course or subject now to get a good grasp of what you might need to satisfy.